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Rude Mechs: The Method Gun
Thursday, May 26, 2016 @ 8:00 am - Saturday, May 28, 2016 @ 10:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 8:00 am, repeating until Saturday, May 28, 2016
Sex, death and violence. Full-frontal nudity. The incompatibility of truth on stage and sanity in real life. The desperation, inadequacy and frustration inherent to the process of creating work for the stage. The Rude Mechs explore these theories—along with a few other surprises—in their acclaimed show The Method Gun. A play about the ecstasy and excesses of performing and the dangers of public intimacy, The Method Gun has toured internationally to rave reviews and had a limited Off Broadway run in 2011. The grand finale of Lott Entertainment Presents’ inaugural season takes place May 26-28 at MATCH (Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston).
The Method Gun explores the life and techniques of Stella Burden, actor-training guru of the 60s and 70s, whose sudden emigration to South America still haunts her most fervent followers. Ms. Burden’s training technique, The Approach (often referred to as “the most dangerous acting technique in the world”), fused Western acting methods with risk-based rituals in order to infuse even the smallest role with sex, death and violence.
Using found text from the journals and performance reports of Stella Burden’s company, The Method Gun re-enacts the final months of her company’s rehearsals for their nine-years-in-the-making production of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Stella left the company under mysterious circumstances in 1972. Set amid swinging pendulums and talking tigers, The Method Gun bounces between interior monologues, rehearsal sequences of “Streetcar,” and group interactions – all gleaned from historical documents – to express a longing for the return of inspiration and a more believable presentation of self in everyday life.